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Walt and Skeezix: Book Four: 1927-1928 Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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“King's artwork continues to flower, and his flair for finding the affective kernel in each day of his characters' lives never flags.” ―Booklist
“The best Gasoline Alley strips provoke smiles of recognition more than laughter--they're small,happymoments preserved fromthe changes time brings about.” ―DOUGLAS WOLK, The Washington Post Book World
“The strips reflect an inventiveness on a par with masters like Winsor McCay and Will Eisner.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Frank King's Gasoline Alley may be the best syndicated comic strip ever. Walt and Skeezix lovingly collects two years' worth of the strip.” ―Playboy
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For those unfamiliar with previous volumes in the set, Walt was once a good-hearted bachelor who found a baby left on his doorstep back on Valentine's Day, 1921. He named this baby boy Skeezix and eventually adopted him. As Volume 4 (which takes place in 1927 & 1928) opens, Walt is now married to Phyllis Blossom and Skeezix is almost six.
The 1927 strips deal with a custody battle for Skeezix. While it has been determined in previous strips that Skeezix's biological mother was Madame Octave (the one who arranged for Skeezix to be found by Walt), this year deals with the father, Col. Henri Coda. Coda, who was never aware of Skeezix's existence till recently, sues to get the adoption overturned. It creates an interesting debate about the rights of biological versus adoptive parents, and though the final outcome is not really in doubt, it is a suspenseful and often emotional storyline.
1928 has it's own storylines, principally the arrival of Walt and Phyllis's baby, Corky. Legal expenses from his battle with Coda create financial woes for Walt, who takes a job working for Alley denizen Mr. Wicker. Also, this year introduces cousin Lora, a teenage girl who moves in with the family.Read more ›
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I have been out of college for thirty years, so naturally, I come up with a reasonably good idea for a term paper. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Kevin
This really is a great strip. Secrets are revealed in this installment. Gasoline Alley is a most gentle strip. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Chud